Masterclass of lutherie for acoustic guitar, with Dana Bourgeois - 1st lesson

28/09/2019 at 10:00 in Sala Masterclass 1

Collective theoretical lesson for guitar makers, guitar players (amateur and professional), guitar fans.


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Master luthier DANA BOURGEOIS

Dana Bourgeois is a luthier, writer, lecturer and is considered one of the United States' top acoustic guitar makers. Bourgeois's innovations in design and voicing techniques have earned him worldwide acclaim for his acoustic guitars from professional players, hobbyists and collectors alike. Some notable musicians playing Bourgeois guitars include Luke Bryan, Ricky Skaggs, Bryan Smith, Ry Cooder, Scott Fore, Bryan Sutton, Vince Gill, Lee Roy Parnell, James Taylor and Guy Clark. Dana started his own company, Bourgeois Guitars, in 1993 and was located at Roy Continental Mill in Lewiston, Maine. His use of premium materials, such as Brazilian rosewood, Adirondack Spruce and Indian Rosewood, as well as his ability to "voice" his instruments earned Bourgeois a reputation within the music world as an expert luthier. Using a tapping method, he fine tunes individual pieces at key times throughout the manufacturing process. This high-quality sound distinguished Bourgeois from other luthiers and began attracting the attention of top musicians.

Voicing a traditional steel string guitar



1st Day - Saturday 28th, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

The first session will consist of a slide show presentation. The following topics will be addressed:
- The physics of coupled oscillators
- Optimizing stiffness characteristics and resonant frequencies
- My step by step voicing method
- I will demonstrate my voicing method by shaping the braces of several tops and backs. As I work, I will explain my step by step procedure and answer any questions


2nd Day - Sunday 29th, from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

In the second session each participant should bring a braced top, either finished or unfinished. I will offer individual guidelines to participants who wish to work on their tops during this session. Finished tops will be critiqued and compared to the tops that I voiced during the prior session. My objective is to help participants develop their own approach to voicing. Participants will be encouraged to adopt as much or as little of my method as they find valuable. The goal of my critiques will be to illustrate differences between my results and results obtained by participants.

Participants who wish to work on tops must bring their own tops, tools, and a towel or pad to protect the top while working.


Organization: Armadillo Club and CremonaFiere